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Hal Mohr in 1971 at Kent State University Lecture

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Hal Mohr, A.S.C. (August 2, 1894, San Francisco – May 10, 1974 in Santa Monica, California) was a famed movie cinematographer. He is one of only six cinematographers to have a "Star" on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, the others being J. Peverell Marley, Ray Rennahan, Leon Shamroy, Haskell Wexler, and Conrad L. Hall. His wife Evelyn Venable also has a "Star". In 1915, in an early example of an exploitation film peddled directly to theater owners, Mohr and Sol Lesser produced and directed a film The Last Night of the Barbary Coast. This film purported to show the last night of the depraved Barbary Coast section of San Francisco before it was shut down by the police. (The area wasn't actually closed down until 1917.) This is now considered a lost film. The following year he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematographer for his work on The Fourposter a 1952 film based on a play of the same name, written by Jan de Hartog.

Fact file

  • Born: August 2, 1894San Francisco, California, U.S.
  • Died: May 10, 1974 (aged 79)Santa Monica, California, U.S.
  • Occupation: cinematographer
  • Title: American Society of CinematographersPresident (1930–1931), (1963–1965), (1969–1970)
  • Spouse(s): Winifred Ursula Aileen Gocher (1920-1925) Clara Eloise Loerch AKA Claire Delmar (1926-1929) Evelyn Venable (1934–1974)
  • Children: Michael Mohr (b. 1921) Alieen Louise Mohr (b. 1923 d. 1986) Joan Gocher Mohr (b. 1924 d. 2013) Dolores Mohr (b. 1935) Rosalia Mohr (b. 1937)
  • Awards: Academy Award for Best CinematographyA Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)The Phantom of the Opera (1943)Hollywood Walk of Fame

Read more about Hal Mohr at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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